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Our Mission

Empowering Kenyans to Sustainably Manage The Environment Through Promotion and Support Of Green Growth.

PROVIDING INDUSTRIES WITH AFFORDABLE ALTERNATIVE ENERGY FROM BRIQUETTES

PAK FABRICATORS

NEED: The high cost of household energy like LPG has made many Kenyans resort to charcoal as their main source of cooking energy. Paul Kairu identified the gap in energy needs of Kenyans and set out to exploit the opportunity.

AVENUE TO MEET NEED: Paul noticed the large amount of sawdust created as a byproduct of numerous furniture and wood production businesses in his town of Limuru. He decided to venture into briquette making from waste sawdust and thus formed PAK Fabricators.

INNOVATION: The innovative high quality briquettes made from saw dust produce longer burning high calorific briquettes that are suitable for industrial use.

IMPACT: Businesses with high-energy requirements are his main customers as they use the briquettes to heat boilers. PAK Fabricators also supplies the briquettes to small-scale consumers who prefer the briquettes to charcoal, as they are cheaper and burn longer.
PAK has recycled approximately 75 tonnes of sawdust, which would otherwise have been discarded through burning and as a result being a menace.

NETFUND EFFECT: PAK Fabricators has been part of the NETFUND Incubation program since 2015. The enterprise has so far received seed funding to install a three phase power connector, solar saw dust drier, weighing scale and saw dust moisture analyzer. NETFUND has also facilitated the purchase of a briquette machine with a conveyor that will enable PAK’s previous production capacity to increase from one to ten tonnes per month to meet market demand. These improvements will enable PAK to operate at higher levels of production efficiency.
Through NETFUND’s showcase and linkages opportunities PAK participated in the 2015 ICABUMPA conference, Kenya International Investment Conference 2015 and the NETFUND Investors Forum and Expo 2016.

 



RURAL ELECTRIFICATION FROM A MINI-HYDRO-ELECTRIC POWER PLANT

MAGIRO HYDRO ELECTRIC POWER

NEED: Mihuti village in Murang’a County is like any other rural village in Kenya. Households still use kerosene lamps for lighting and fuel wood for cooking. Since most residents practice subsistence farming they have low disposable incomes. To meet their energy needs, villagers use the little money they have to buy kerosene while firewood is harvested from nearby forests.
Tired of seeing his mother struggle to purchase kerosene at Kes 80 daily, 24 year old, John Magiro came up with a solution. Having been interested in electronics from a tender age, Magiro identified a potential hydroelectric source from a river near his home.

AVENUE TO MEET NEED: Magiro made Kes 6,000 from the sale of rabbits and goats which he reared on a small scale basis. He used the proceeds to set up a mini hydro power plant using old bicycle parts and simple motors.

INNOVATION: Mini hydro power plant that utilizes old bicycle parts and simple motors.

IMPACT: Magiro started by charging his neighbors mobile phones, and as word spread more villagers wanted to be connected to the ‘grid.’ To date Magiro has connected at least 77 households to electricity.

                                                         

 

 

NETFUND EFFECT: Magiro joined the NETFUND Incubation Program in 2015 after winning first place in the NETFUND Green Innovations Award- Individual category. He has so far received business training from Daystar University, mentorship and coaching from technical experts who have also helped refine his technology. 
Magiro has received seed funding that has enabled him to install a generator, turbine, control system, pressure pipe, stabilizer, power line cables, transformer, d-iron and posts. This improvement is expected to see Magiro increase his customer base to at least 266 households, one industry and two schools by 2022. 
As part of providing linkages, the NETFUND Incubation program has provided Magiro with additional funding from the East African Hub Grant from the Pollination Project. Additionally, Magiro is part of the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Program (TEEP) 2016. Magiro also got an opportunity to pitch his innovation to over 50 investors at the NETFUND Investors Forum in May 2016.



PRODUCING PAPER FROM HYACINTH

TAKAWIRI CRAFT ENTERPRISES

NEED: Lake Victoria is covered by islands of water hyacinth that potentially chokes out any living organisms in the lake. This weed hinders fishing activities and is the cause of an array of other challenges.
Michael Otieno dropped out of school in form two. Luckily, through a mentorship program at Kisumu Innovation Centre Kenya (KICK), Michael was equipped to start his own business. The problematic water hyacinth would turn out to be a goldmine for Michael Otieno.

AVENUE TO MEET NEED: Michael started Takawiri Craft Enterprises, an enterprise that produces attractive paper products from water hyacinth and waste paper. The paper products range from gift bags, notebooks, business cards, greeting cards and currently decorative packaging for tea.

IMPACT: The paper production process is environmentally friendly as no chemicals are used and the water used is recycled severally throughout the process. The use of water hyacinth in paper production is an intervention in the control and management of the weed that has colonized Lake Victoria.
Takawiri supplies his paper to Ajiri Tea, an internationally award winning organization.

INNOVATION: Recycled paper made from water hyacinth and waste paper. 

                                                                  

NETFUND EFFECT: Takawiri Craft Enterprise has been part of NETFUND’s Incubation program since 2015. The program has exposed Michael to business training opportunities from Daystar University and mentorship support from a team of experts. Through this Michael has refined his product and technology. Takawiri has also received seed funding that enabled him to fabricate a calendaring machine and pulping machine that has enhanced production by up to 80%.
Additionally, Takawiri has benefited from NETFUND’s showcase and linkage opportunities that have seen the enterprise exhibit at the Nairobi Innovation Week 2015, Women Timeless Conference 2016, Homa Bay International Investors Conference 2016, Ignite Youth Market 2016 and NETFUND’s Investors Forum and Exhibition 2016.
Takawiri’s target market includes publishers, gift shops and other retail outlets. Michael Omondi hopes that his initiative will scale to a height that will help keep Lake Victoria hyacinth free.

                                                                   

 

 

PRODUCING ENERGY EFFICIENT CLEAN COOK STOVES

ECO JIKO

NEED:  Alex Kiplimo received hands on experience from his grandfather who apprenticed him in the jua kali sector. Even without a formal education, Kiplimo managed to flourish in the trade. He got a job in 2008 where he worked for six months earning Kes 1,500 monthly, making a saving of Kes 500 each month. Using the savings, Kiplimo bought raw materials which he used to develop his first cook stove in 2009.

AVENUE TO MEET NEED: Kiplimo says the idea of creating a steam cook stove came to him when he saw a neighbor using a pressure pot. He became interested in discovering how the technology operated. He created three pilot stoves until he made a breakthrough on the fourth attempt.

IMPACT: The innovation is a steam propelled multi-purpose cook stove that can cook, grill and heat water simultaneously. The stove guarantees an hour worth of cooking time with one litre of water and two pieces of firewood..

INNOVATION: The cook stove is unique in that it uses very little fuel wood and utilizes steam to fan the flame thus producing a blue flame. The cook stove also produces hot water from its connection to a water tank.


NETFUND EFFECT:

Alex has been a part of NETFUND’s Incubation Program since 2015. Through the program, Alex has had access to infrastructure facilities for his business services as well as working with a team of experts to refine the cook stove technology. Alex has gone through business training from Daystar University on simple bookkeeping and improvement of business processes. In the near future, Alex’s innovation will be patented, certified and his business incorporated.
On graduating from the program, Alex will receive seed funding to purchase raw materials, refine his prototype and produce his first batch of improved cook stoves. As a way of creating his brand, NETFUND is assisting him with his project’s website development and the creation of the visual identity.

 

Providing Eco-lodges With AFFORDABLE ALTERNATIVE ENERGY FROM BRIQUETTES

MAA BRIQUETTES

NEED: Upon graduating from Kenyatta University, George Mochu found it extremely challenging to find employment in the city. He had always envisioned a white collar job after his Bachelor’s degree in Economics. However, this proved to be a daunting task as he only managed to secure two interviews, which did not materialize into employment.

AVENUE TO MEET NEED: George returned to his hometown of Narok where he identified the need to reduce charcoal use within the town, establishing Maa Briquettes. He came up with high-energy calorific briquettes that utilize a special binder that helps to burn with a blue flame. One kilo of these briquettes can burn for up to three hours.

IMPACT: George targets low-income households who cannot afford energy sources like LPG for cooking and therefore resort to charcoal. George currently supplies briquettes to four major eco lodges within the Maasai Mara National Park. He also supplies the briquettes to approximately 500 households in Narok.
INNOVATION: The initiative involves collection of charcoal dust, maize cobs/stalks and waste vegetable matter from Narok market and the use of these wastes as raw materials. The business uses a locally fabricated kiln that carbonates materials at source. The briquettes are smoke free thus reducing air pollution. They are also cost effective since they burn three times longer than normal charcoal.

 

NETFUND EFFECT: Maa Briquettes joined the NETFUND Incubation program in 2015 through the NETFUND Green Innovations Award phase two. The program provides George with infrastructure facilities for business services. His business skills have been enhanced through a business-training program at the Daystar University. He has also received mentorship from a team of experts who have continuously advised him on product and technology refinement.
NETFUND is in the process of supporting George to patent, certify and register his innovation and business respectively. The Kenya Bureau of Standards is currently testing the product. The project will benefit from seed funding to install a three-phase electricity connectivity, electric controlled sieve, solar drier, biomass carboniser, hammer mill, briquette machine, saw dust moisture analyzer, weighing scale and portable stitching machine.
George has also been supported to showcase his products at the Seed Symposium 2015, the Nairobi International Trade Fair 2015, Youth Association and Success 2016 and the NETFUND Investors Forum & Expo 2016 through NETFUND’s showcase and linkage opportunities.

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